In the United States, individual states follow either a judicial or non-judicial foreclosure process, typically depending upon whether they are a mortgage state or deed of trust state. However, you may safely assume that all states allow some form of judicial foreclosure process.
We have highlighted below some important points to remember about each type of foreclosure. This is a general overview and in no way represents each process in its entirety.
-The lender seeks to foreclose by filing a civil lawsuit against the borrower and serving the borrower with a formal summons and foreclosure complaint.
-The foreclosure process is handled through the local court system. The court appoints a referee to conduct the foreclosure auction on the courthouse steps.
-The lender records a lis pendens with the county clerk where the property is located. This lis pendens becomes a lien on the property and gives notice to all of the pending foreclosure auction.
-The court grants a judgment permitting the lender to conduct the foreclosure auction.
-The Notice of Foreclosure Sale (NFS), which announces date, time and place of the auction, is published and sometimes posted (depending on the locale) for a certain period of time prior to auction.
-Generally, the borrower can stop the foreclosure by repaying what he owes up to the moment of sale.
-The process can take from four to eight months to complete if no one raises any legal objections to the foreclosure.
-Followed in deed of trust states. A deed of trust conveys an interest in real property to a third party (the trustee) to hold as security for repayment of a debt.
-The trustee has the authority to initiate foreclosure proceedings by virtue of a power of sale clause included in the mortgage or deed of trust.
-The trustee records a Notice of Default (NOD) with the county clerk where the property is located. This document gives notice of an impending foreclosure and also grants the borrower a period of time in which to object to the lender’s claim or pay what he owes.
-The borrower may not stop the foreclosure after the expiration of this time period.
-Following the expiration of a pre-determined amount of time (which varies from state to state), the trustee records a Notice of Trustee’s Sale (NTS) with the county clerk. This notice establishes the date, time and place of the foreclosure auction.
-It can take up to 12 months to complete a foreclosure, depending upon the state.
It is important to remember that neither judicial nor non-judicial foreclosures are “one size fits all.” Each state follows its own established foreclosure laws and procedures. It is strongly suggested that you consult with a foreclosure specialist in your state to protect your rights during a foreclosure.
Roman Lopez is the owner of The Roman Lopez Real Estate Team, a full service real estate company specializing in Greater Austin home sales, purchases, and investments properties.
Roman has worked and excelled in the real estate business in Austin, TX for the last 7 years. Roman's real estate career started in 2008 where he was named Rookie of the Year for the KB Home Central Texas Division.
After a successful career with KB Home, Roman obtained his real estate licence and joined Keller Williams Realty where he again rose to the top and won Rookie of the Year for Keller Williams Austin.
After a year as a solo agent he built a team of top producing agent, The Roman Lopez Real Estate Team. His team now ranks as one of Keller Williams top teams closing over 200+ residential sales transactions per year.
Roman's designations include: Certified Negotiation Expert, Certified Distressed Property Expert, Certified International Property Expert, Certified International Property Expert, and Global Property Specialist.
Roman's Awards: Keller Williams Austin Rookie of the Year 2011, 2008 KB Home Rookie of the Year Central Texas Division, 2015 Platinum Top 50 Winner, Platinum Top 50 Finalist, 2014 NAHREP Top 250 Latino Agent in the US, 2014 NAHREP Top 20 Latino Agent in Austin, 32015 NAHREP Top 250 Latino Agent in the US, 2015 NAHREP Top 20 Latino Agent in Austin, 2015 Best of Angie's List, 2015 Real Trends Best Real Estate Agents, 2014 Best of Trulia Best Real Estate Agents
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